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Medical issues can be a challenge in the best of circumstances. For abuse survivors, dealing with health problems can present special challenges. Triggers, low self esteem, fear of authority, body issues, and touch can all add to the mix when addressing medical problems and undergoing treatment.
Dealing with medical problems after abuse can stir all sorts of things. Fear of doctors and dentists are not uncommon. The question of how to put appropriate trust in medical personnel while taking responsibility for your own health is a skill that must be learned. Becoming aware of all your options and making wise treatment decisions are important. How and when to disclose an abuse history to your medical care team is another issue that must be considered.
Misa Leonessa shares her thoughts and experience in living with several chronic health issues, including a genetic bleeding disease, and the challenges she has faced through many doctor visits, medical procedures, and many surgeries. She has learned how and when to use western medicine (it has saved her life more than once), and when to find healthy alternatives. Her journey has taught her how to own her body and the ultimate decisions for what will be done to it, by whom, and when. Through taking responsibility for her own health, she has been able to use nutrition, exercise, and other interventions to greatly minimize the need for more tests and surgeries. Misa knows the struggle with health issues from a survivor’s perspective and is learning how to thrive in the midst of many challenges.
It’s no secret that play increases learning and creativity. We also know that play helps build healthy teamwork and intimacy. But did you know that we use play to learn how to give and receive, how to trust, how to be kind, and how to heal? Play can help people grow and develop a sense of self-esteem and can help us to recover from trauma and allow those parts of us that are arrested in development to grow into healthy adults. Play is called the greatest gift of childhood, and can continue to be a great gift to adults. Join Beyond Abuse Radio this Thursday as we explore the world of play and how it can help us become whole people.
“When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.” -- Pittacus Lore Without hope we cannot act to change something. If we want to move from surviving trauma into thriving lives, hope must be within sight. Where there is no hope, there will be no transformation, only despair. Hope is only as good as the thing that we put our hope in. Hope is more than wishful thinking, it is something we choose to believe in because it is based on promise and a reason for our hopeful vision. Rob Patterson, Vicar of Redeemer Anglican Church, says that “If our hope is sure then hope transcends our circumstances. We no longer have to allow our circumstances to dictate our well-being. No amount of hardship or suffering can crush it.” Join us Saturday, June 22 on Beyond Abuse Radio for a discussion on the role that hope plays in healing from trauma and the difference between hope and magical thinking. Rob Patterson has led musical worship since 1995. He has served as a pastor since 2004. In 2012 Rob helped found Redeemer Anglican Church in Santa Cruz, California where he currently serves as Vicar. Rob’s passion is leading people into a genuine response of worship in light of who God is and what he’s done. Rob has recorded two worship albums. The latest of which, Found, was released in January of 2009. Rob has been married to his wife Julie since 2001. They have two daughters, Lyric and Story, and another baby on the way! You can learn more about Rob’s music at robpattersonmusic.com, and more about Rob’s church at RedeemerAnglican.com.
“Did you think you were immune to this? Did you think you could escape without infection? You do all you're able to resist just to avoid the danger of rejection. Memory warns you of the past when it all went wrong. When you think your life is shattered and there's no way to be fixed again, love heals your heart. At a time you least expected, you're alive like you have never been. Love heals your heart.” (Third Day, Love Heals Your Heart) Indeed, love does heal. Yet love requires trust and vulnerability, which can create a conundrum for abuse survivors. Join special guest and spiritual director, Bonnie Wolf as we discuss the way that love heals and the challenges of learning to give and receive that love.
Helen Keller said, “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” What kind of faith did it take for Helen to trust what she could not see? Survivors of abuse likewise must learn how to have faith, for faith requires trust. Discerning what is worthy of putting our faith in is a skill to be acquired. Henry Ward Beecher calls faith, “spiritualized imagination.” This week we will be talking about what faith is, its power to help heal our traumas, and how to increase our faith-filled thinking.
Laughter adds joy to life and helps relieve stress. It strengthens relationships and helps defuse conflict. Through humor we can ease our anxieties and fears. In our last two shows we have talked about how laughter and humor can help us to heal. This week we will give you some specific ways to see the lighter side of life and to take yourself a little less seriously. Expect some good laughs and a whole bunch of ways to bring humor into challenging situations. Recharge and reduce your stress by tuning into this week’s episode of Beyond Abuse Radio!
Laughter is not as far from tears as you might expect. In order to laugh, we have to be connected to our feelings. Being able to cry means we are able to laugh as well. The more we allow ourselves to be emotionally present the more we can enjoy all the fullness of life. Laughter feels good and can bring us great release. This week on Beyond Abuse Radio we will talk about the healing experiences of laughter and imbibe in some of the greatest medicine known to man.
We have a surprise guest tonight! Chiquita will be sharing about healing humor and I'm sure we'll have a laugh or 10! Chiquita, also known as God's Girl, is a single Mom of three beautifully gifted, anointed and talented children. Licensed to ministry at the age of 17 and ordained later, she has served the Body of Christ in various capacities. With the graduation of her last child Chiquita recently launched her Full-time Ministry, God's Girl Ministries. God uses her in diverse areas of ministry including: Revivalist, Conference & Workshop Speaker, Comedienne, Play Writing/Actress, Singing and Songwriting, Author, Certified Christian Counseling and Mentoring. Having survived domestic violence among other life challenges, Chiquita ministers with a wisdom beyond her years as she brings humor and practical application to every presentation she gives. This Minister/Psalmist is a sold out vessel for God and will be the 1st to admit that God is not just her Father but her ALL and without HIM she can do nothing. http://www.godsgirlministries.com/ Did you know that laughter can lower blood pressure, boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, and release muscle tension? Arnold Glasgow calls laughter the “tranquilizer with no side effects.” Laughter therapy is appearing on the scene in many medical facilities as people recognize the healing properties attendant with a good belly laugh. Laughter has been called the “shock absorber that eases the blows of life.” Join us as we discuss the benefits of humor and joviality in trauma healing and have a good laugh or two along the way, this THURSDAY at 7:30 p.m. on Beyond Abuse Radio.
Sometimes life just hurts. Things happen to us that shouldn’t which are beyond our control. We suffer trauma at the hands of others and we are no longer the people we were created to be. Evil shows its dark face and we are wounded in ways that suck the life out of us. But that is not the end of the story. In fact, it’s just the beginning. We have so many opportunities for healing, so many choices to make to experience more life. Chong Kim’s story illustrates just that. A survivor of human trafficking, she has written her story and it is now a motion picture called the Abduction of Eden. Chong will be sharing her journey of healing from the horrific trauma she has suffered this Thursday at 7:30 on Beyond Abuse Radio.
Joy can be an elusive thing. What is it exactly? Happiness? Pleasure? Some see joy as a goal in itself; others find joy on the way to living authentically. Can joy be given and received? Can it be lost, or found again? Our special guest, Shawn McCain says joy is risky. He would know because his live exudes joy. Learn how you can lay a hold of joy and how it can help you to heal from what ails you this Saturday on Beyond Abuse Radio.
Shawn Mccain is a priest at Redeemer Anglican Church in Santa Cruz, California. Shawn worked as an hardware engineer for 5 years upon receiving a call into ordained ministry. Having ministered to youth for over 10 years, Shawn earned an M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary and was ordained as a priest. In 2012 He helped plant Redeemer Anglican Church. Shawn has been married to his wife Michelle since 2004 and has four kids, Mateo, Maddison, Aubri and Braelyn.
Are you ready for more joy in your life? Join us on Beyond Abuse Radio as Dr. Wilder shares how to move from pain into joy. Learn how to increase your brain's capacity to engage life with energy, creativity and endurance and to handle the difficult aspects of life. "When we are empowered by joy, we are able to suffer, withstand pain, and still maintain intact relationships with other people...we are empowered to find creative, mutually satisfying solutions for problems." --Dr. Jim Wilder
Pain is a part of life, but it’s not the end of the story. The reason? Love ultimately wins. There is no pain that the power of love cannot conquer. The pathway THROUGH pain can always lead us into the joy that relationships were intended to bring. Perhaps the pathway from pain to joy is not a well-traveled one for your brain. No problem! Our guest, Dr. Jim Wilder will be on hand to help us train our brains to do just that. Dr. Wilder is a psychologist, author, speaker, and “neuro-theologian” who specializes in helping people find joy after trauma. In his new book, Joy Starts Here, he likens joy to a banquet table to which we are all invited and believes that there is room at the table for every one of us.
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